Robert Street in West St. Paul is slated for a $26.8 million reconstruction. The city initiated the project to revamp the busy state-owned roadway, and has been negotiating the finances with the Minnesota Department of Transportation. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)
MnDOT says $12.2 million turnback offer stands
West St. Paul city staff plans to recommend that the city council turn down an offer to take control of South Robert Street from the Minnesota Department of Transportation, as well as the funding to reconstruct the road the state offered in exchange.
The high school building as it stands today. (Submitted photo)
The 1923 Kaposia yearbook pictures the gym and the high school built in 1922. (Photo courtesy of the Dakota County Historical Society)
After decades of commencement ceremonies and basketball games, South St. Paul will say goodbye to its old gym, which was built in 1922 and added onto in 1928. A brief ceremony will be 5:15 p.m. on May 14. (Photos courtesy of South St. Paul Schools)
Sixth-grade center to replace storied structure
On those Friday nights when he got to stay out late, a 9- or 10-year-old Steve Doody watched the big kids play and a big crowd fill the South St. Paul Secondary School gym for varsity basketball games.
Since 1925, Harmon Park has been a staple of West St. Paul. The City Council on March 24 approved a plan to reconstruct historic Harmon Park.
The new plan involves six new baseball and softball diamonds, one outdoor hockey rink, a football/soccer field hybrid, and a new playground with a splash pad.
West St. Paul City Council member Dave Wright, who represents Ward 3, announced at the April 14 council meeting he plans to retire from his post at the end of his current term, Dec. 31.
Wright has been a member of the council since his 2003 election, working on a countless number of projects in the process. He replaced former council member David Meisinger, who had resigned from his post.
The Inver Grove Heights school board recently announced its six first-round finalists for superintendent.
The board is hoping to replace Superintendent Deirdre Wells, who announced in January that she would resign when her contract ends June 30, after nearly a decade in the district’s top spot.
Salem Hills Elementary in Inver Grove Heights has a gem of teacher, Mrs. Kim Westra, who worked her fifth grade students, Lincoln Bacal, left, and Eliana Bly, right, on their art projects on April 2. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)
Kim Westra, nearly 2, and her mother, Patricia, 20, sit in front of an apartment in April of 1970. Westra says her mom, who finished college while raising a toddler on her own, was a huge influence in her career path. Westra is one of 10 finalists for the 2014 Minnesota Teacher of the Year award. (Submitted photo)
Kim Westra leads her class of fourth- and fifth-graders on April 2 at Salem Hills Elementary School in Inver Grove Heights. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)
Kim Westra’s grandma, Ruth Kraemer, left, and her mom, Patricia Gale Cretilli, in May 1970. (Submitted photo)
Kim Westra’s first grade school photo. She says she got into fights, and wasn’t a great student around that time, but found out education was her true passion later in life. (Submitted photo)
Kim Westra’s dad, Peter Kraemer, the day of his high school graduation. He immigrated when he was 9 from Germany. He became the first in his family to graduate from college. (Submitted photo)
Kim Westra almost didn’t become a teacher.
When her father committed suicide a few years after his teenage son was murdered, Westra had just started graduate school.
Metro anglers who want to stick close to home for the April 12 stream trout opener will have nearly two additional miles of shoreline to explore, thanks to acquisitions made by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in Dakota County.
A St. Paul man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Wednesday, April 9, in connection with the fatal shooting of a West St. Paul man last January.
Donovan Michael Diego, 19, was sentenced to more than 23 years in prison, and ordered to pay restitution.